*NEWS*BLACK INK CTG HOLDS DARK SECRETS ?

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*NEWS*BLACK INK CTG HOLDS DARK SECRETS ?

 user 2007-02-02 at 11:31:00 am Views: 57
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    Black ink cartridge holds dark secret?
    the
    cost of replacement cartridges for home computer printers made plain
    black printing ink significantly more valuable per fluid oz. than oil,
    gasoline or even 25-year-old scotch whisky. It may be that some
    extremely expensive rare wines top the per-ounce value of regular black
    printer ink and there may be other liquids – such as children’s cough
    syrups – that could challenge in the price race.Recently someone sent
    me, anonymously, in my e-mail, a copy of an irate blog letter sent by a
    home business operator to one of the large home and office printer
    manufacturers, bitterly complaining of that company’s practice of
    installing a “smart chip” in cartridges that make them potentially
    difficult or even impossible to refill. There’s no point really in
    mentioning the company because, according to the blog writer, most of
    the manufacturers are doing the same thing.He alleges printer
    manufacturers are installing the “smart chips” in their cartridges,
    thus requiring new replacements at prices which he too thinks are
    exorbitant. The effect is to “expire” the chip, which may still be
    effectively full of ink. The blogger owned four of the company’s
    printers and claimed that for some time  he had been laboriously
    re-filling the cartridges with ink when they ran out.(I have done this
    myself and I assure you, while it can get a little messy if you’re not
    careful, the savings are more than significant.)The cost of ink savings
    is significant enough that numerous small businesses have sprung up
    across the country and specialize in refilling and, thus, recycling our
    empty printer cartridges – and they all seem to do good business.The
    blog writer was made of sterner stuff and he was sufficiently
    infuriated to browse around the internet seeking a solution to his
    printer that wouldn’t print, because it “believed” the cartridge was
    empty, when it had just been refilled.He claims to have found a
    solution…and included pictures and instructions, curiously enough, for
    a printer that is exactly the same model as one I own – which operates
    normally at this time.I’ve looked carefully at the cartridges, but
    can’t see any sign of any chip…however, that means very little because
    I’m a total techno-dork.My correspondent says he found inside the
    printer a small button battery control, held by a spring clip. He
    removed the battery and after a short interval replaced it.Voila – the
    printer proceeded to print as if there was a brand new brand name ink
    cartridge in place.Now this may just be the perpetuation of another
    “urban myth,” but I have to confess the photos accompanying the article
    suggesting the “fix” makes it look easy, so I have stored it away in my
    documents file for the  inevitable day this printer will explain to me
    that it is “out of ink.”